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HTC One (M7) gets a taste of Android L

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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If you are interested in seeing what Android L may look like on an HTC device, you are in luck thanks to the efforts of the folks over at the XDA Forums. Senior member ssrij and several other developers managed to hack together a version of Android L for the HTC One (M7) using ramdisk and some kernel modifications.

The Android L port they created is still very rough and several functions are not yet operating. That includes features like WiFi, Bluetooth, the camera, and sound. You can still get a feel for what Android L will look like, which was the main goal in Google’s release of the developer preview in the first place. Even the official developer preview has proven to be a little too immature and missing too much for most people to consider making it a daily driver.

If you want to give Android L a try on your HTC One (M7), hit the source link for more information on how to grab the ROM.

source: XDA Developers

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Notific helps manage notifications while your phone’s still locked

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The more apps you install and use, the more your notifications can get messier and at times, more annoying. Yes, we know you can disable notifications per app, but for the ones that you really can’t let go, you need something to make it more manageable for you while you’re working and doing other activities. The Notific lockscreen notification app will attempt to do that for Android smartphone users.

Just like other notification apps, it displays yours even while your phone is on locked screen mode. But what makes Notific different is it is more intuitive and does not take up a lot of memory usage, which is sometimes the problem with these kind of apps. Along with the notification, there are quick action buttons that will allow you to choose who to respond to the message. It can also detect when your phone is in your pocket or bag and so the notification screen will not turn on unless you take it out within 10 seconds of receiving the notification.

It will not drain much both your battery and your memory usage, as it uses the proximity sensor for only 10 seconds and only around 2-10MB of memory is used. They are also assuring users that they are not mining your data, especially since the app doesn’t need Internet connection to work. Even when it crashes, it will not ask you to send data reports or Google analytics to their server.

While the app is still in active development mode, it is already available in the Google Play Store for $.99. But there is also a free version APK which has almost all of the features except for the blacklist/whitelist function. You might encounter a bit of problems with the sensor, since it was calibrated for Nexus devices originally, but you can try calibrating it manually in your settings. The developer said users should expect more updates and features in the next few months.

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VIA: XDA Developers

Jolla Launcher Alpha ported to Android 4.2 devices

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Jolla has started the alpha testing of its Jolla Launcher for Android, available only for a selected few alpha testers. Of course, this being Android, there is very little to stop more arduous users from taking it and making it available for a wider public, just as what one XDA member did for anyone who owns an Android device version 4.2 or higher.

A word of caution. Jolla Launcher is very much a work in progress, and alpha-quality release in every sense of the word. Many things are still not working, or not working properly, so bugs and performance issues are expected. It will not eat your kittens. However, it might drive you to frustration that you might end up wanting to do that yourself.

The Jolla Launcher alpha release is officially compatible only with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but is also somewhat compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and higher. With this port by XDA Forum Member riyono, the launcher is now available one generation older, Android 4.2. to be precise, and available for those who weren’t able to get into the alpha testing group.

But what exactly are you getting with this rather strange launcher from a relatively unknown Finnish startup? You practically get some of the features available on the company’s first and so far only Sailfish OS smartphone. You get rather unique interaction methods like the pulley menu, swiping from left or right edges to go back to a home screen that shows currently running apps in a grid, a colorful but a bit inconvenient app launcher grid, and a still unimplemented Ambiance theming system. If you’re curious to hear more about Jolla Launcher on Android, you can head on over to our hands-on of its alpha release to see if this is something worth trying out for yourself.

VIA: XDA

Google Play Edition Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4 update

Posted by wicked July - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Android 4.4.4 wasn’t a major update, but there were some decently-sized bug fixes involved. Nonetheless, users are wondering when their devices will finally receive the update — those with the Google Play Edition Moto G can now stop wondering.

The 4.4.4 update is now pushing out to the phone, so if you have one, you can either wait for it to hit your device or flash it yourself. The download mirror to the software’s file is in the source link.

Source: XDA

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Inapp Translator floats inside apps to translate text

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Inapp Translator is a rather handy utility that, as the name suggests, offers you translation features within any app that allows text to be copied, without leaving that app and switching to a dedicated translation app. But while it offers convenience, the app does have some quirks and limitations that might turn off a few users.

The way Inapp Translator work is technically simple. Once activated, it runs in the background and monitors your device’s clipboard, that virtual space where copied text resides. Once text in a supported language is detected, the app will translate the text into another supported language, all configurable, of course. All of these happens in a floating window, ala Facebook Chat Heads, so that you can do everything without having to leave your app or browser. You can tap and hold on the translated text to bring up options to copy it to the clipboard as well. An easy and convenient path, definitely, but getting there has a few bumps in the road.

First, you will have to activate the floating icon via the Inapp Translator app itself, which could cause you to leave the currently running app anyway and negates the whole promise of the translator app. Unless, you don’t mind having a floating T enclosed in a circle hanging around your screen all the time, even when you don’t need it. Banishing the icon is easy, involving only a tap and hold gesture. Of course, after that, you’ll need to activate it again when and if you need it. Translating isn’t automatic either. Aside from highlighting the text you want translated, you have to explicitly copy it to the clipboard and then tap on the Inapp Translator floating icon to translate the text. Still, it’s better than jumping between apps just to get the right words.

Inapp Translator uses Microsoft Translator for its backend, which might be a bit surprising until you find out that Google Translate’s API doesn’t have a free, but limited, offering. Inapp Translator itself is free, but offers an in-app purchase option to get rid of ads which, for a limited time only, will only cost 1€.

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Download: Inapp Translator on Google Play Store
VIA: XDA

Moto E already rooted with unofficial TWRP recovery

Posted by wicked May - 19 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The Moto E ships with close to stock Android and an unlockable bootloader, so it was pretty obvious it wouldn’t take long before the device was rooted and ready for custom ROMs. Thanks to XDA, you can now root the device and install an unofficial TWRP recovery on the device.

The root process is pretty simple and uses Chainfire’s SuperSU updater and can be done with the stock recovery or TWRP. Flashing the recovery takes a bit longer, but it’s still relatively painless thanks to Motorola keeping the Moto E an open device. However, Motorola hasn’t released the source code for the Moto E kernel, so touch screen support is a bit weird in recovery, but that’s a small price to pay.

You can get the complete (and short) instructions at the link below.

source: XDA Developers

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Get the new PayPal enabled Google Play APK now

Posted by wicked May - 16 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Earlier today we reported on the addition of PayPal as a payment option in the Google Play app. Since Google rolls out updates to their core apps over the course of several days, there is a good chance you could still be waiting for this update. You don’t have to though as the APK is now available for download and install using the link below.

Before hitting the download link though, there are a few more improvements that have been spotted in the app. The permissions menu has been simplified and should be a little more user-friendly thanks to categories that can be collapsed or expanded as a user sees fit. There is also a new “Additional Information” section available that reveals information about required permissions, content rating, installed size, and the version number. These changes join some minor UI tweaks.

If you are ready to start paying with PayPal or want to see what some of these new enhancements are like before the official update gets to your account, just hit the download link below.

APK Download Link from XDA

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Send files from your mobile device via WiFi with IPCast

Posted by wicked May - 5 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Thanks to an XDA forum member by the name of stefanuc111, you are able to send files wirelessly via Wi-Fi to other devices that are connected to the same network with his app called IPCast. As per the dev, “IPCast allows you to send, receive and stream content, without need cables, in a simple and easy way. IPCast operates through any Wi-Fi network and between any device that has a browser installed. In fact it does not require any client installation.” Here’s a small list of what IPCast can do:

  • Send and receive any file.
  • Send your installed apps.
  • Display photo in the browser.
  • Stream music and video in the browser.
  • SoundBeam: To synchronize playback between devices. (Supported by Chrome Beta, Firefox, Opera).
  • Create queues with video and audio file.

The app is also integrated into Android’s share functionality so it’s easy to transfer files even with Android native Gallery application. If you wish to check this app out, a download link and QR code will be available after the break!

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With Sprint releasing the Harmon Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8′s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.

Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!

source: XDA
via: Cult of Droid

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Event Logger keeps an eye on everything your device does

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Even if you’re not one to pay much attention to your device’s resource usage there will always come a time when, for one reason or another, you wonder what just happened that zapped your battery. For those occasions, Event Logger might be the perfect little utility for you.

Event Logger is exactly what its name says. It is a program that keeps a log of every system-level activity that your device does. Well, almost everything. The list of supported system events is quite long and includes enabling/disabling and connecting/disconnecting WiFi, Bluetooth or GPS, Turning screen on or off, calls, starting of apps, and others. The app doesn’t require root at all, but for those using the Xposed Framework, an additional event, media play/pause, is also available.

The developer is open to suggestions for other events, provided the Android system allows for them, and is quite ambitious. Already in his list are monitoring for app installs and removals, starting of system-level services, mobile network, and nfc. If you noticed, most of these are just events of when a certain functionality has been disabled or enabled. It doesn’t really mention which apps triggered or used them. It could be still useful in tracing down when they happened, which could clue you in on which apps you were using then.

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The app does have its downsides, and where it does, it hurts badly. The app is free but, as you’d expect, is ad-riddled. And not just ads at the top or bottom of the screen, but fullscreen ads that interrupt your workflow. At the moment, it also doesn’t export those logs so you practically lose that data. If these limitations make you uneasy, another older and similar-looking app called Trust – Event Logger is also available, albeit with a smaller set of monitored events.

Download: Event Logger, Trust
VIA: XDA